Dem lawmakers announce support for law to abolish ICE

Dem lawmakers announce support for law to abolish ICE
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A pair of Democratic lawmakers have said they will support a bill to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, ABC News reported Thursday. 

Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanWarren introduces universal child care legislation On The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage push MORE (D-Wis.), who introduced a bill that would eliminate the agency, told ABC News that Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) have indicated they will support the effort.

A spokesman for Grijalva said that the congressman is still waiting to hear the details of Pocan's proposal before deciding whether to support it.

Grijalva and Capuano would join Democratic Reps. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerDemocrats give Trump trade chief high marks On The Money: S&P hits record as stocks rally on Fed cut hopes | Facebook's new cryptocurrency raises red flags for critics | Internal IRS watchdog rips agency's taxpayer service | Apple seeks tariff relief First major 'Medicare for All' hearing sharpens attacks on both sides MORE (Ore.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalSanders to propose canceling .6 trillion in US student debt Democrats not keen to reignite Jerusalem embassy fight GOP rep: Trump needs to retaliate against Iran to deter other hostile nations MORE (Wash.) and Jim McGovern (Mass.) among congressional Democrats who support abolishing ICE. 

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Capuano is facing a primary challenge from Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who has made abolishing ICE a central part of her campaign.

While the number of Democrats who publicly support the elimination of ICE has grown in recent weeks, the group remains relatively small. Some lawmakers have said they support examining ICE's methods, but oppose getting rid of the agency altogether.

ICE has been the target of several protests in recent weeks amid the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration.

The policy, announced in April, led to the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents.

Protests have broken out near ICE facilities in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Ore., in recent days, prompting the agency to put up barriers near entrances or after immigration hearings.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE ripped the protests during a rally on Wednesday night, saying activists are putting ICE agents "in harm's way."

“These radical Democrat protesters really want anarchy, but the only response they will find from our government is very strong law and order,” Trump said at a rally in North Dakota.